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Planting the Future: Medicinal Plant Conservati…

26-10-2016 Latest News

Save the Date! In 2013, United Plant Savers had an amazing event at the beautiful 8,569 acre Kickapoo Valley Reserve located between the villages of La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin. Join us again in 2017, we will be back at Kickapoo with an amazing day...

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UpS Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Pro…

24-10-2016 Latest News

2017 Dates Announced for the Medicinal Plant Conservation Certificate Program Hard Working? Motivated to learn about medicinal plants? Want an opportunity to live and work on United Plant Savers' 360-acre Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary in Ohio? Participants work 30 hours/week doing a variety of medicinal plant conservation...

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: The Future of Ginseng and Fo…

20-09-2016 Latest News

The Future of American Ginseng and Appalachian Forest Botanicals Symposium CONSERVATION • CULTIVATION • COMMERCE July 12-14, 2017 Morgantown, West Virginia (Waterfront Place Hotel) This symposium, spearheaded by United Plant Savers and in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is a forum for presenting current research and documenting...

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2016 Goldenseal Roots - Members Only Sale

29-08-2016 Latest News

Dear Members, Its time to order your Fall roots! Click on the link below to order your Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) roots, while supplies last, to plant in your gardens and woodlots. We will be packing and shipping the first week in October so be prepared to plant...

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TRAFFIC Bulletin Article

17-05-2016 Latest News

Read Forest-Grown Ginseng Verification Programme Addresses Illegal Trade, by our own Susan Leopold and Alison Ormsby, University of North Carolina Asheville, featured in this month's TRAFFIC Bulletin. The TRAFFIC Bulletin is a publication of TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, which is the leading non-governmental organization...

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Sanctity of Sanctuary Streaming Event for Member…

23-02-2016 Latest News

In honor of our March Membership Month, and as a special thank you to our members, we wanted to share the movie Sanctity of Sanctuary featuring Paul Strauss Equinox farm. The true story and documentary highlights how the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary came into...

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Leaf People adopts Hawaiian Sandalwood

02-12-2015 Latest News

Native Hawaiian Sandalwood is extremely vulnerable to overharvesting and risk of extinction due to the fact that it takes more that 40 years to mature, and harvesting involves taking the entire tree. Furthermore the sandalwood tree is a hemi-parasite species meaning that it needs to...

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UpS Helps Kick Off Forest Grown Program

01-12-2015 Latest News

Forest Botanicals: Working Together to Build a New Supply Chain was a “first of its kind” event that United Plant Savers held in November with support from Mountain Rose Herbs, Penn State, PCO and Virginia Tech. How much longer can the ecosystem support the constant wild...

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UpS Helps Send Kids to Summer Sassafras Camp

24-08-2015 Latest News

Sassafras Camp adjacent to the Goldenseal Botanical Sanctuary is an outdoor nature and arts camp focused on environmental and ecological education, theater, yoga, art, music, games, and play. 2015 highlights were studying macroinvertebrates and water quality, medicinal plant study and salve making, arrowhead class, Native...

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United Plant Savers releases national statement, warns History Channel about dangers of promoting illegal harvest of American Ginseng

Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:14am, United Plant Savers released the following national statement regarding the content of the new series 'Appalachian Outlaws' which premiered Thursday evening on the History Channel:

United Plant Savers warns History Channel about dangers of promoting harvest of threatened species.

January 10, 2014 (ATHENS, OH) United Plant Savers is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of medicinal plants native to the United States and Canada. As advocates for the dwindling populations of wild American Ginseng, United Plant Savers is expressing concern to the History Channel and its viewers over how the harvest of wild American Ginseng is being portrayed in the recent series ‘Appalachian Outlaws’. This concern stems from the potential over-glorification of American Ginseng harvest in the wake of increasing levels of illegal harvest on state and federal lands, which has recently gained national media attention and is threatening the survival of the species in the wild.

“United Plant Savers is concerned that the content of this show will have a negative impact on American Ginseng conservation and could lead to further illegal harvesting,” states Executive Director, Susan Leopold.

With the intention of reducing pressures on wild populations of American Ginseng and other threatened medicinal plants, United Plant Savers has identified and published ‘At-Risk’ and ‘To-Watch’ lists of key species in decline due to a variety of factors including over-harvesting. American Ginseng is listed in Appendix II of the CITES Treaty and United Plant Savers is reminding the public about federal regulations, laws and recent restrictions surrounding the harvest and sale of the species, and good stewardship harvesting practices such as those published by the American Herbal Products Association in collaboration with United Plant Savers and US Fish and Wildlife.

The future viability of wild populations of American Ginseng is questionable in light of the species’ slow growth rate and complex reproductive strategy, loss of habitat, and increased illegal harvesting on state and federal lands in response to rising international demand and economic incentive. United Plant Savers has recently launched a national petition to encourage state and federal agencies to continue to fund initiatives specifically aimed at the conservation of American Ginseng and to facilitate educational programs for private landowners on how to grow American Ginseng as a non-timber forest product.

United Plant Savers acknowledges the cultural heritage and historical role that American Ginseng has played in the Appalachian region and encourages those that are interested in the harvesting of American Ginseng to educate themselves about conservation issues and regulations on the species.

United Plant Savers encourages our members and supporters to remain vigilant in regards to the illegal harvest of American Ginseng and report any such known activity to your local federal or state lands law enforcement agency.

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